Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters, and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she made disparaging comments about him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb" comments about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Donald Trump picked a military town — Virginia Beach, Va. — to give a speech Monday on how he would go about overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs if elected.

He blamed the Obama administration for a string of scandals at the VA during the past two years, and claimed that his rival, Hillary Clinton, has downplayed the problems and won't fix them.

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Mormon Church Limits Access to Controversial Baptism Records

Mar 9, 2012
Originally published on March 9, 2012 6:12 pm

Persistent pressure and criticism have prompted the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to erect a new "technological barrier" in the system used for controversial posthumous or proxy baptisms.

"The church is committed to preventing the misguided practice of submitting the names of Holocaust victims and prominent individuals for proxy baptism," says Mormon Church spokesman Michael Purdy. "Anyone trying to access names that have been restricted will have their account suspended and be required to... establish their family relationship in order to have their access reinstated."

The Mormon practice of posthumous baptism for deceased souls has been scrutinized in recent months after the names of Holocaust victims, prominent Jews and celebrities were found in church baptism records.

The controversy briefly touched the presidential campaign of Republican Mitt Romney, a member of the Mormon faith, when Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel asked Romney to denounce Mormon baptisms of Holocaust victims.

Last week, Mormon president and Prophet Thomas Monson issued a letter to followers around the globe, instructing the faithful to only baptize direct ancestors. The letter included a warning about possible disciplinary action and was to be read in every Mormon congregation Sunday.

"Abuse of the system will result in the permanent loss of database access," said spokesman Purdy in the latest announcement. A vast genealogical database, with millions of names, is used to select deceased souls for baptism.

Mormons believe the rite offers eternal salvation to those who did not have the opportunity to embrace the Mormon religion during their lives. The posthumous baptisms are among the most sacred practices in the faith and Mormons believe they have no effect if the deceased souls reject them.

The new restrictions also happen to keep watchdogs from searching church baptism records and exposing controversial baptisms that Mormon leaders have promised to block since 1995.

"I have been effectively stopped," says excommunicated Mormon Helen Radkey in a story in the Salt Lake Tribune. Radkey had located in Mormon baptism records the names of Mahatma Gandhi, Holocaust victim Anne Frank, relatives of Jewish activists Elie Wiesel and Simon Wiesenthal, assassinated Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and other prominent Jews and celebrities. She is often the source of news stories about controversial Mormon baptisms.

"Obviously, they have been very concerned about the data that has been coming out" Radkey told the Tribune and responded "of course" when reporter Derek Jensen asked is she was being targeted by the church action.

"It is ironic for someone to claim they are being targeted by the measures we have taken to prevent unauthorized submissions for baptism," responded Mormon spokesman Purdy. "We are doing exactly what we have been asked to do and what we said we would do—denying access to names that should not be submitted because they are against our policy."

But Purdy acknowledges that system may be blocking access by Radkey and says she has no official account for access to the records.

"If she, or anyone else, is misusing a Church member's identity to search for Holocaust names, then the system is set up to block those kinds of activities," Purdy says.

Jewish leaders began objecting to the baptisms to Holocaust victims in 1992. Several meetings with Mormon officials in the two decades since resulted in promises to stop the practice but it has persisted.

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